2018 Girls Basketball Finalists
A two-time nominee, Watkins wrapped up her high school career in impressive fashion, averaging 26 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.3 steals, 2.7 steals and 2.2 blocks per game. She shot 50 percent from the field as a threat to score anywhere on the floor ó only one player in Southeast Missouri averaged more point per game than Watkins, who was an all-conference pick.
An all-around threat, Mosby often made everything look easy. She was tied for second in the area in points per game, averaging 26, while also pulling down 6.7 rebounds per contest as a guard, to go along with 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game while converting shots from long range at a 46-percent clip. Mosby was a Class 4 All-State selection, as well as the SEMO Conference Player of the Year
On a team that was pulled apart by graduation and injury, Liley stepped to the forefront as a playmaking force for the Indians. The athletic junior combined the ball-handling skills of a guard with the size of a forward to average 12 points, four rebounds and three assists per game despite not even starting to begin her first farsity season coming off multiple knee surgeries.
New Madrid County Central, Freshman
It didnít take long for Wofford-Byrd to acclimate to the high school game, as she was a game changer for the Eagles. She averaged 18.3 points, 8.1 points and 2.8 assists per game while earning a spot on the Class 3 All-State team.
The reigning Semoball Awards Girls Basketball Player of the Year kept doing what she does: scoring a whole bunch of points. Opposing defenses found it remained difficult to slow the junior guard, as she led the area with 35.1 points per game on 57-percent shooting, but also contributed at a high level in other ways, with 7.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game en route to Class 2 All-State honors and the title of conference player of the year.
Saxony Lutheran, Senior
Few players in the area improved more than Beussink did for her senior year, as the 6-foot forward provided a matchup nightmare. She shot 60 percent from the floor and averaged 13.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game while grabbing all-conference, all-district and all-state honors.
Poplar Bluff, Sophomore
Bess was a scoring machine and the biggest offensive threat for the Mules. The 5-foot-11 sophomore guard scored 22.9 points per game and posted a 50-point single-game performance to earn her first Semoball Awards nomination.
The Tigers newcomer made a huge impact on her teamand was a big reason it not only earned a trip to state but also won a state championship. Dodd averaged 19.5 points, 3.7 assists and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 52 percent from the field. She was name d the Class 2 Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
The most experienced of Neelyvilleís three-headed monster, Fowler did a lot of the dirty work for the state champs, providing energy down low while posting 13.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 6.7 steals per game while converting at a highly-efficient 58-percent clip. She put together a triple-double in her teamís title-winning performance and was an all-state selection.
Worley was a deadly outside threat for the Tigers, and on a team with a lot of talent she was the leading scorer, averaging 20.5 points per game. She also grabbed 5.2 rebounds per contest for the state champion Tigers. One of three Neelyville representatives on this list, she was also an all-state pick.